imageA blog series on the latest U.S. Partner News training recommendations.

In the Friday, October 19 issue of the U.S. Partner News, we provided recommendations that will help you find the best training for the latest Microsoft products (including the general release of Windows 8 – this Friday!). The newsletter you received in your inbox was customized according to your company’s business model, Microsoft Partner Network membership, and your role; we’ve published all training news for U.S. partners below.

Training resources

New Windows 8 Training for Your Role
Updated learning paths for Windows 8 cover sales, marketing, IT pro, and developer roles for Microsoft partners that have these business models: distributor, ISV, Large Account Reseller, VAR, and system integrator.

Build Your Microsoft Business with Practice Accelerators
Build your services practice around Microsoft products and technologies. Practice Accelerators offer a detailed framework of resources for deployment that start at pre-engagement and go through post-delivery. Plan ahead now for Practice Accelerator sessions being held in November and December.

More Exams Are Now Eligible for the Competency Exam Pack Discount
New competency exams and Microsoft Dynamics exams have been added to the list of exams qualified for the Microsoft Competency Exam Pack discount and Second Shot. Save up to 40% on exams to help you meet new competency requirements or highlight your company's skills.

Training Kit: Implementing and Supporting Windows Intune
The modules in this kit are designed for Microsoft partners whose businesses offer their customers computer management and administration and for IT pros who perform computer management and administration tasks. Materials include slides, speaker notes, a student guide, and a class syllabus.

October 23-24: Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012 Jump Start Helps You Prepare for Exam 70-417
This no-cost, virtual classroom course is designed for IT pros who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012. It is relevant to Microsoft partners interested in the Management and Virtualization competency and the Server Platform competency, and will help partners prepare for Exam 70-417.

Get Best Practices for Migrating to Hyper-V
Help your customers efficiently and safely migrate their virtualized workloads from VMware to Hyper-V. Practice Accelerator for Data Center Consolidation and Migration helps you implement a strategic approach to consolidating data centers and servers.

Prepare for Microsoft Dynamics AX Consultant and Developer Certifications with Fast TrAX
Come to the Microsoft office in Fargo, North Dakota, for 18 days of intensive training based on the core fundamentals of Microsoft Dynamics AX. You will get training for certification based on real-world examples that reinforce learning. Register for sessions in November, January, or April.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Partner Presales Roadshow
Attend a one-day event in a city near you that will introduce and explain new technologies, features, and benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. The content is geared toward presales and sales personnel, with the intention of helping drive the sales cycle.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Demo Workshop
The Microsoft Dynamics GP Volume Velocity Workshop is a one-day course that teaches sales and presales personnel techniques for building repeatable presentations into your sales process using Microsoft sales demo tools. These techniques are also applicable for Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Fast Tracks Enterprise Academy
This two-week intensive training based on the core fundamental of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 offers two tracks: Functional and Developer. These classes are targeted at net new professionals within Microsoft Dynamics partner organizations.

November 7: Close More Deals with Discovery2Win Techniques
Come to Discovery2Win and get the tools you need to improve your sales process. Start getting buying signals in Discovery. Walk into the presentation knowing you will present the value the prospect is looking for you to deliver.

November 12-16: Solution Selling Virtual Workshop for Microsoft Dynamics Partners
Broken into three 2-hour sessions, this online solution selling workshop will help presales and sales professionals prepare for the Microsoft Partner Network sales and presales accreditation tests, learn how to close more opportunities faster, and compete effectively.

December 3-7: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Upgrade Workshop for Consultants and Developers
In this workshop, technical resources will learn how to upgrade an existing Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The workshop will focus on upgrading code elements and the data dictionary for customizations, based on the major changes introduced with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 data model.

On Demand: Build a Repeatable Demo Strategy That Drives Leads
Dive into the strategy, tools, and resources available to build and take advantage of repeatable demo assets across your organization in unique ways to bring down the cost of sale. Marketers, sales, and presales roles will learn more about the role of the repeatable demo vignette and how it can save time and money while moving a prospect through the sales cycle.

The following Microsoft Dynamics-related content requires access to PartnerSource (details).

Microsoft Dynamics AX Virtual Industry Classes
Increase your industry knowledge with the Microsoft Dynamics AX industry training. These remotely delivered courses are designed to accelerate your capacity and capability to successfully deliver Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions.

November 15-16: Microsoft Dynamics Accelerated Sales Workshop
This two-day, accelerated sales workshop is designed for sales professionals focused on cloud and on-premises ERP/CRM opportunities who want to significantly decrease the duration of their sales cycles and increase their win ratios.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enterprise Academy Level 300 Workshops
These workshops consist of up to five days of in-person training for IT professionals, presales consultants, and developers. They are in-depth interactive sessions that focus on how to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and address specific customer business needs.

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